A new Pacific Tattoo

Monday September 16, 2019 Written by Published in Culture
The dancers will be joined by eight drummers and support team for their trip on a Australian Air Force air-lift to Sydney, leaving October 10. PHOTO BY: Josh Baker - Teariki Productions19091537 The dancers will be joined by eight drummers and support team for their trip on a Australian Air Force air-lift to Sydney, leaving October 10. PHOTO BY: Josh Baker - Teariki Productions19091537

For some young men it would be a dream come true: being the sole male in a team of 16 dancers flying to Sydney to perform in the international Edinburgh Tattoo South Pacific Showcase.

For International Dancer of the Year Tamaiva Mateariki, though, he just wants to thank God for being blessed with such an opportunity to travel and perform.

“I am excited,” he concedes. “It’s my first experience being a single man with a bunch of women. We’ll all be well-behaved.”

The dancers will be joined by eight drummers and support team for their trip on a Australian Air Force air-lift to Sydney, leaving October 10.

For Tamaiva, the excitement of this trip is easily on a par with winning International Dancer of the Year in Rarotonga, in May.

And he says the trip to Australia will be a chance to see all his aunties and uncles who lives there – who will be supporting him in numbers at the Tattoo!

The show at the ANZ stadium on October 17-19 will feature a life-size replica of Edinburgh Castle and more than 1500 performers from all over the world to celebrate 14 different cultures.

The performers are from Cook Islands National Arts Theatre. Leader Danny Mataroa said they all knew what was expected of them. “It’s like a sport. You have to be the best of the best, representing our country to encourage people to visit.”

The team is rehearsing and composing a Cooks segment led by local creatives Alana Short, Jane Rubena, Ina Taparau and Katu Teiti. 

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